Let’s take a collective deep breath. Here we are in the wake of another dystopian news cycle and it’s leaving folks feeling hopeless, filled with grief, rage, and even numb.
I’ve spent much of the week (and really the past two plus years) talking with folks about how to navigate these times when it feels like we’re pummeled with wave after wave of tragedy, and there isn’t an easy answer. What I am sure of, however, is that caring for ourselves and each other in meaningful ways is no longer optional. It has to be a priority and the norm. Even for people who feel they don’t have the time. Especially for the people who feel they don’t have the time.
The concept of soul-care is talked about in different ways. From my perspective it speaks to the expansion of self-care to also encompass community-care and ecological care. It’s about prioritizing our mental, physical and spiritual health, so that we can fortify ourselves and show up fully in our lives and the world.
Deeply caring for ourselves is one of the most socially-responsible actions we can take. Sometimes that looks like a nap or time in nature or therapy. Sometimes that looks like spending time with loved ones and sometimes that looks like giving our time or monetary resources to support a more just world.
So how do we make that shift when the world feels so very out of control and many of us already feel at capacity?
I suggest first brainstorming what you find nourishing emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically. Jot down your ideas. The key here is to note what authentically feels good. Try to avoid writing down practices that don’t feed you. Not everyone finds meditation helpful and some folks need social time instead of alone time. Be true to yourself and allow yourself to experiment.
If possible, invite friends, family or co-workers to join you in this process, and set yourself up for success. I highly recommend scheduling your practices. I know this is not the most intuitive approach, but, believe me it is helpful. I’m offering an infographic here to support your process, but please feel free to edit in a way that’s right for you. Know that it’s okay to start small, but DO commit to a plan.
As always, I’m here to support. Please reach out directly or leave comments if you have questions.
Until next time, wishing you health and ease,